Introduction

Columbia Law School awards grant assistance primarily on the basis of demonstrated financial need. However, there are a number of fellowships that are not based on financial need -- these are awarded by the Admissions Office at the time an applicant is admitted to the Law School. In general, there is no separate application for these fellowships.

If you are interested in grant assistance, please be assured that Columbia Law School annually provides need-based funds towards reducing tuition costs for students. Each year a portion of the entering class receives a Law School grant, which is in the form of a partial tuition waiver. Eligible students may also borrow from a variety of loan programs in order to finance part, or all, of their educational expenses. This will be an investment in your future, clearly one of the most important investments you can make.

We urge you to be as prudent as possible in the amount of debt you assume. Some students are able to limit their annual borrowing to the $20,500 that the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program currently makes available to eligible U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens. However, increasingly more individuals also need to borrow from credit-based educational loan programs in order to meet the student budget. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that loan providers require borrowers to be credit-worthy before approving a loan.

For loan borrowing, we advise all students to review carefully the section on Credit, and to obtain a copy of your credit report. Please keep in mind that Law School funds will not be available to replace unavailable credit-based loans.

If you need further information after you review this site, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

This publication is intended for the guidance of Columbia students and faculty. It sets forth in general the manner in which the University intends to proceed with respect to the matters set forth herein, but the University reserves the right to depart without notice from the terms of this publication. This publication is not intended to be, and should not be, regarded as a contract.